Desiging an efficient tidal turbine blade through Bio-mimicry: A systemic review

Kulkarni, S.S. and Chapman, C. and Shah, H. and Pärn, E.A. and Edwards, D.J. (2018) Desiging an efficient tidal turbine blade through Bio-mimicry: A systemic review. Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology, 16 (1). pp. 101-124. ISSN 1726-0531

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Abstract

Purpose: A comprehensive literature review is conducted in the tidal energy physics, the ocean environment, hydrodynamics of horizontal axis tidal turbines, and bio-mimicry.

Design/methodology/approach: The paper provides an insight of the tidal turbine blade design and need for renewable energy sources to generate electricity through clean energy sources and less CO2 emission. The ocean environment along with hydrodynamic design principles of a horizontal axis tidal turbine blade are described, including theoretical maximum efficiency, Blade Element Momentum theory, and non-dimensional forces acting on tidal turbine blades.

Findings: This review gives an overview of fish locomotion identifying the attributes of the swimming like lift based thrust propulsion, the locomotion driving factors: dorsal fins, caudal fins in propulsion, which enable the fish to be efficient even at low tidal velocities.

Originality/ value: Finally, after understanding the phenomenon of caudal fin propulsion and its relationship with tidal turbine blade hydrodynamics; this review focuses on the implications of bio-mimicking a curved caudal fin to design an efficient Horizontal Axis Tidal Turbine.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bio-mimicry, Horizontal Axis Tidal Turbine, Ocean Environment, Tidal Energy
Subjects: K900 Others in Architecture, Building and Planning
Divisions: Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Engineering and the Built Environment
REF UoA Output Collections > REF2021 UoA13: Architecture, Built Environment and Planning
Depositing User: Euan Scott
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2019 10:57
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2019 10:57
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/7075

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